Access to HE (Humanities & Social Sciences) (Hillcroft Campus, Surbiton)

(Women Only - Residential option)
The Access to HE Diploma is a full level 3 programme for learners who wish to gain entry to university but do not hold the necessary level 3 qualifications (such as A levels or BTEC ND), have not been in education for a number of years or are seeking a career change.

Course Content

The Access to Humanities and Social Sciences programme provides a thorough preparation for a range of degree subjects including psychology; social work; criminology; English and history. All students will cover two units from the following subject areas: English literature; psychology; history and sociology. Students will then decide whether they wish to pursue a more focused humanities or social science strand and undertake further units in: literature; sociology; history; social policy and psychology, dependent on their university requirements. The course consists of nineteen individual units that are made up of thirteen subject units and six study skills units including the extended project, which requires a student devised and led essay. The study skills units are an integral part of the course and will develop your academic reading, writing and research skills that are essential for university study. This course will provide you with a good grounding in a range of academic subjects and enable you to have flexibility in your university choices.

Entry Requirements

You are required to demonstrate that you are working well at both maths and English level 2 (GCSE A*-C or GCSE Grade 9-4) through a GCSE maths/English/English Language certificate and/or a maths/English assessment.

Assessment Methods

Discussion, oral presentation and debate
Short written tasks
Collaboration: group and pair work
Peer and self-assessment
Texts, hand-outs and worksheets
Case studies
Primary and secondary research
Modelling and demonstration
Timed responses

Further Study Options

From this course students have progressed to the following undergraduate degrees: English literature; law, criminology, criminal justice, social work, creative writing, psychology, sociology, counselling, history and even product design. Many undergraduate degrees such as law want students to have studied a variety of subjects and have a strong academic grounding before they commit to a single subject.

Each university will provide information and will have specific conditions regarding entry requirements, specifically regarding maths, English and science subjects. We advise that you check the relevant university entry requirements of your preferred degree choice/s.

Additional Information

This is a full time course; you will have 16 hours contact time per teaching week and be expected to work outside the classroom for approximately 12-15 hours a week.

Most learners who opt to study on a residential basis can apply for bursary funding to pay their residential fees. For those who are not eligible, the costs are:

Residential students (accommodation and meals) £ 68
Residential students (accommodation only) £ 58
Residential children (accommodated with parent and meals) £ 34

Childcare cost per child per day (weekday) £ 65
Childcare cost per child per day (weekend) £100

Day students (meals) £ 10